How Springfield businesses & neighbors are dealing with recent shootings

9 people have been shot in Springfield since Friday morning

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Nine people have been shot in Springfield since Friday morning, several near youth centers, schools, and hospitals.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said these were all targeted shootings by repeat offenders, involving drugs and gangs. “Some of these individuals you’re going to see are ‘frequent fliers. They’re repeat violent offenders we’ve arrested before.”

Alexandra Ludwig, who lives near the Worthington Street shootings, told 22News, “Now that it’s happening around the city so frequently, obviously, it’s something to be concerned about.”

It’s changed where Derek Carpenter takes his kids. “I go to the store all the time with my son and my daughters, and it’s really at a point where I don’t even really feel comfortable doing it.”

Friday’s murder on Taylor Street was two blocks from the YMCA and the police department. Two shootings on Worthington Street were near STCC. A home invasion on Melha Avenue was right next to Shriner’s Hospital, across from the Springfield Boys & Girls Club.

David Ross, Interim Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, said the club struggles to maintain normalcy inside. “These are our children. How do you protect people who don’t know they need to be protected? How do you get the kids out of the way when they’re not here?”

Ross said kids are either picked up by a parent, or walk home alone. He says they have safety measures in place if there’s a shooting during club hours, but what happens outside the club walls is out of their control.

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri did not comment for this story when 22News contacted him.

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